: feeding from without:
of a parasitoid insect larva : developing external to and feeding on the surface of the host compare endophagous
: consuming vegetation or plant debris by ingestion (as by browsing) rather than by disintegrating it from within

Word History


ect- + -phagous

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“Ectophagous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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